may come to know and believe in the power of enlightenment,

and come to recognize the nature of your mind, for to

recognize the nature of your mind is to engender in the

ground of your being an understanding that will change your

entire world view, and help you discover and develop, naturally

and spontaneously, a compassionate desire to serve all

beings, as well as a direct knowledge of how best you can do

so, with whatever skill or ability you have, in whatever circumstances

you find yourself. I pray then that you will come

to know in the very core of your being the living truth of

these words by Nyoshul Khenpo:

An effortless compassion can arise for all beings who have not

realized their true nature. So limitless is it that if tears could

express it, you would cry without end. Not only compassion, but

tremendous skillful means can be born when you realize the nature

of mind. Also you are naturally liberated from all suffering and

fear, such as the fear of birth, death, and the intermediate state.

Then if you were to speak of the joy and bliss that arise from this

realization, it is said by the buddhas that if you were to gather all

the glory, enjoyment, pleasure, and happiness of the world and put

it all together, it would not approach one tiny fraction of the bliss

that you experience upon realizing the nature of mind.

To serve the world out of this dynamic union of wisdom

and compassion would be to participate most effectively in

the preservation of the planet. Masters of all the religious traditions

on earth now understand that spiritual training is essential

not solely for monks and nuns, but for all people,

whatever their faith or way of life. What I have tried to show

in this book is the intensely practical, active, and effective

nature of spiritual development. As a famous Tibetan teaching

says: "When the world is filled with evil, all mishaps should

be transformed into the path of enlightenment." The danger

we are all in together makes it essential now that we no

longer think of spiritual development as a luxury, but as a

necessity for survival.

Let us dare to imagine now what it would be like to live in

a world where a significant number of people took the opportunity

offered by the teachings, to devote part of their lives to

serious spiritual practice, to recognize the nature of their mind,

and so to use the opportunity of their deaths to move closer

to buddhahood, and to be reborn with one aim, that of serving

and benefiting others.

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